An important component to any celebration is the inclusion of a little something sweet, created with loving intention. In the Kripalu tradition back in the day, that little post-celebration sweet was often a small ball of dried fruit and nuts rolled in coconut or more nuts. In the Indian tradition, when food is offered as [...]
September—the beginning of fall and the new school year—always signals new beginnings, so this week our Kripalu Recipe offers a healthy breakfast item to start your day. Raw chocolate granola—think Cocoa Puffs gone wildly healthy and natural—is not only a great breakfast cereal but is also wonderful as an afternoon snack or stirred into organic [...]
Most of us have heard that eating carrots will improve our night vision, but what’s the real story on carrots? Besides their sweet taste, carrots contain large amounts of beta-carotene, which provides the distinctive orange color and helps the body create vitamin A. Vitamin A helps maintain healthy vision, especially night vision, and boosts the [...]
Beginnings are so important—and what better way to start the day than with a breakfast that fuels your vitality? This week, I offer you a vegan, gluten-free breakfast option: My favorite warm breakfast cereal, Millet and Quinoa with Dates and Almonds. Combine it with a warm herbal, white, or green tea, and breathe and relax [...]
Sometimes a dessert calls your name loudly and clearly—maybe it’s about when you eat it (at a celebration or when you’re in an especially good mood) or maybe it’s just that perfect mixture of sweetness and texture. For at least one of our guests, the magic combination of ingredients in our Vegan Pecan Bars elicited [...]
Did you know that your brain is a reflection of the nutrients it receives from the biochemical information (food) you feed it? Your brain needs nourishment and whether you are upbeat or feeling blue is strongly influenced by how your “second brain” (your digestive tract) digests and absorbs the “information” you are eating. Thus, your mood is a mirror not only of what you eat but also how you digest!
Here are five quick nutrition tips to boost your mood and lift your spirit:
1. Nourish your “mood-cell membranes” with healthy fats such as avocado, wild fatty fish (sardines, wild salmon, or black cod), nuts, seeds, olives, coconut, and smart oils like extra-virgin olive oil.
2. “B-happy” by including whole foods such as beans, dark, leafy green vegetables, and whole grains rich in B-vitamins in your diet.